The Safaricom Foundation was established in 2003 and has grown to be one of the largest corporate Foundations in Kenya. Since its inception, it has invested over Kshs 3.3 billion (approximately US$ 32 million) creating lasting social, economic and environmental transformation over 3.5 million people across the country.
This investment spreads in its eight thematic areas of focus: education, health, economic empowerment, environmental conservation, water, arts and culture, technology for good and disaster relief.
The United Nations Foundation estimates that 130 million youth across the world are out of school, 70 percent of whom are girls. Further, 133 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation in 29 countries in Africa and Middle East where the harmful practice is most common.
Estimates from the UN indicate that there are about one billion people around the world living with some form of disability, which translates to one seventh of the world's population.